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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 001 (GH;IL) Introduction to Western Literatures Through the Renaissance (3) Introductory comparative survey of European and American literatures of Ancient through Renaissance periods, considering genre, themes, cultural and literary values.
Effective: Spring 2005
 

CMLIT 002 (GH;IL) Introduction to Western Literatures Since the Renaissance (3) Introductory comparative survey of European and American literatures, post-Renaissance through Modern, considering genre, themes, cultural, and literary values.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 003 (GH;IL) Introduction to African Literatures (3) Comparative analysis of drama, essay, novel, poetry, and stories from traditional oral forms to contemporary expressions of African literary styles.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 004 (GH;IL) (ASIA 004) Introduction to Asian Literatures (3) Comparative interpretations of narrative, drama, lyric, and other writings from East Asia and other regions, viewed as world literature.
Effective: Fall 2010
 

CMLIT 005 (GH;US;IL) Introduction to Literatures of the Americas (3) Comparative interpretation of the oral and written literary traditions of North, Central, and South America.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 006 (GH;IL) (PHIL 006) Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture (3) Explores fundamental issues of human existence through the traditions of western literature and philosophy.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 010 (GH;IL) World Literatures (3) The development of literature around the world--from epic, legend, lyric, etc. in the oral tradition to modern written forms.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

CMLIT 011 (GH;IL) The Hero in World Literature (3) The figure of the hero/heroine examined in world literature as a vehicle for expressing social and cultural values.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 012 (GH;IL) Introduction to World Drama and Performance (3) The power, ethics, and excitement of drama and related forms of performance literature, presented in a global and comparative context.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 013 (GH;IL) Virtual Worlds: Antiquity to the Present (3) Virtual worlds from anicent to postmodern, in a comparative and global context that includes literature, film, and online multiplayer games.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 083S (GH;IL) First-Year Seminar in Comparative Literature (3) International topics in literature and culture; each seminar will have a specific topic as announced (see the Comparative Literature Web site).
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 097 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 099 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 100 (GH;IL) Reading Across Cultures (3) Comparative approaches (studying international literary periods, themes, genres, etc.) and principles of literary interpretation introduced through readings representing various cultures.
Effective: Fall 2010
 

CMLIT 101 (GH;US;IL) Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature (3) Identity and race, gender and heritage, centrality and marginality, self and other, as expressed in literary works from around the world.
Effective: Fall 2010
 

CMLIT 105 (GH;IL) The Development of Literary Humor (3) Literary humor expressed as satire, comedy, and farce--from ancient times to the present--in an international and multicultural context.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 106 (GH;IL) The Arthurian Legend (3) The growth and development of the legend of King Arthur, from medieval Europe to modern Japan.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 107 (GH;IL) Exploration, Travel, Migration, and Exile (3) An international selection of journey narratives, from the real to the imaginary; travel narratives as critiques of self and society.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

CMLIT 108 (GH;IL) Myths and Mythologies (3) World mythology: myths primarily of non-Western cultures, based on selected areas and traditions around the world.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 109 (GH;US;IL) Native American Myths, Legends, and Literatures (3) Myths, legends, and literatures of Native American cultures.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 110 (GH;US;IL) (J ST 131) Jewish Literature: An International Perspective (3) Literature of the Jewish tradition in various cultures and contexts, such as Europe, Israel, Islamic countries, and the Americas.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

CMLIT 111 (GH;IL) Introduction to Literatures of India (3) Narrative, lyric, religious, oral, and dramatic literature, as well as film from India studied in translation from a global perspective.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 116 (GH;IL) (J ST 116) Jewish Great Books (3) Historical and cultural survey of key texts of the Jewish Tradition, from The Bible to the present.
Effective: Summer 2015
 

CMLIT 120 (GH;IL) The Literature of the Occult (3) Important literary works dealing with witchcraft, demonology, vampirism, ghosts, and related concepts, from biblical times to present.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 122 (GH;US;IL) Global Science Fictions (3) A study of the relationships between science, literature, and film, from an international and interdisciplinary perspective.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 128 (GH;US;IL) (ENGL 128, J ST 128, GER 128) The Holocaust in Film and Literature (3) Thematic, formal, and historical analysis of filmic and literary representation of the Holocaust.
Effective: Spring 2016
 

CMLIT 130 (GH;IL) Banned Books: International and Comparative Perspectives (3) The world of banned books, their history, and their politics, studied comparatively and internationally.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 131 (GH;IL) Crime and Detection in World Literature (3) Issues of ethics, truth, justice, and social order as embodied in crime and detective literature, presented in comparative contexts.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 132 (GH;IL) Nobel Prize Literature (3) Introduction to Nobel Prize winning literature and the culture of the prize in international and historical context.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 140 (GH;IL) Literature and the Other Arts: International and Comparative Perspectives (3) A comparative, international examination of the relationship between literature and non-literary art forms.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 141 (GH;US;IL) Religion and Literature (3) Major religious themes as expressed in literary masterpieces; sacred texts from various cultures read as literature.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 142 (GH;IL) The Psychology of World Literature (3) A comparative, psychological approach to world literature from the perspectives of writer, narrative, character, and reader.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 143 (GH;US;IL) Human Rights and World Literature (3) Human rights violations discussed in tandem with their literary representation, presented in a global and comparative context.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 153 (GH;IL) International Cultures: Film and Literature (3) Comparison of narrative techniques employed by literature and film in portraying different cultures, topics may vary each semester.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

CMLIT 184 (GH;IL) (ENGL 184) The Short Story (3) Lectures, discussion, readings in translation, with primary emphasis on major writers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 185 (GH;IL) (ENGL 185) World Novel (3) Development of the modern novel in the last century (outside the British Isles and the United States); lectures, discussions, readings in translation.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

CMLIT 189 (GH;IL) (ENGL 189) Modern Drama (3) Playwrights who set the world's stage for twentieth-century drama; issues that continue to shape the contemporary theatrical world.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

CMLIT 190 (GH;IL) Literary and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (3) A comparative introduction to literary and cultural theory, and its impact on the study of literature.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 191 (GH;US;IL) (GAME 160) Introduction to Video Game Culture (3) A comparative, international look at the nature and history of video games as cultural artifacts, from Pong to online role-playing.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

CMLIT 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 199 (IL) Foreign Study--Comparative Literature (3-6) Course offered on comparative literary topics as part of a foreign-study program.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 294 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 295 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Summer 1997
 

CMLIT 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 298 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 299 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

CMLIT 300H Honors Thesis (3) Individual projects involving research, reading, and writing; preparation of an honors thesis in comparative literature or world literature.
Effective: Summer 1995
Prerequisite: Participation in the University Scholars program  

CMLIT 395 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Summer 1996
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

CMLIT 399 (IL) Foreign Study--Comparative Literature (3-6) Special course offered on comparative literary topics as part of a foreign-study program.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: third-semester standing  

CMLIT 400Y (US;IL) Senior Seminar in Literary Criticism and Theory (3) Discussions of theories of literature, of literary criticism, and particularly of the distinct methods of comparative study; individual projects.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing; 18 credits in literature  

CMLIT 401Y (IL) The Western Literary Heritage I (3) Major literary movements and authors in the literature of the Western world from the beginnings through the early Renaissance.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or history  

CMLIT 402Y (US;IL) The Western Literary Heritage II (3) Major literary movements and authors in the literature of the Western world from the late Renaissance to the present time.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or history  

CMLIT 403 (US) (LTNST 403) Latino/a Literature and Culture (3) Literary and other forms of cultural expression (film, music, art, and theater) are compared across different Latina/o communities.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the humanities or in any LTNST course or 4th-semester proficiency in Spanish  

CMLIT 404 (IL) (ASIA 404) Topics in Asian Literature (3) Selected works from the major poetry, fiction, and drama of such countries as India, China, Japan.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or related field appropriate to this course  

CMLIT 404Y (IL) (ASIA 404Y) Topics in Studies of Asian Literature (3) Selected works from the major poetry, fiction, and drama of such countries as India, China, Japan, taught with focus on written analysis and interpretation.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or related field appropriate to this course  

CMLIT 405 (US;IL) Inter-American Literature (3) This course examines the development of literature in Canada, the United States, Spanish America, the Caribbean area, and Brazil.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 406 (IL) Women and World Literature (3) Literature written by women, especially women from non-Western cultures; the spectrum of genres in which women writers have excelled.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or in women's studies  

CMLIT 408 (IL) Heroic Literature (3) Traditional heroes, their traits and adventures; typical themes and examples chosen from the epics and sagas of world literature.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or folklore  

CMLIT 410 (IL) Literary Translation: Theory and Practice (3) Emphasizing literary translation, a study of the theoretical and practical problems encountered in the processes of translation, transmission, and interpretation.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 18 credits in a foreign language  

CMLIT 415 (GH;US;IL) World Graphic Novels (3) Critical analyses of form, genre, medium, and discourse of the graphic novel and its historical precedents in an international and comparative context.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 422 (IL) African Drama (3) Traditional and popular drama forms; modern anglophone and francophone drama; nationalism and social criticism in contemporary African drama.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 423 (IL) African Novel (3) From traditional oral narratives to modern autobiograhical, historical, satirical, sociological, and allegorical forms; novelist as social critic.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 424 (IL) (KOR 424, ASIA 424) Transnational Korean Literature (3) Exploration of seminal Korean texts, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, and criticism, from the early twentieth century to the contemporary era.
Effective: Summer 2016
 

CMLIT 425 (IL) (KOR 425, ASIA 425) Global Korean Cinema (3) Exploration of Korean cinema from the early twentieth century to the present, with an emphasis on its global/local dynamics.
Effective: Summer 2016
 

CMLIT 429 (ENGL 429) New Media and Literature (3) New media literary genres; critical discussion of creative works in digital media.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 430 (IL) Global Modernisms (3) A comparative investigation of global Modernisms, with an emphasis on the relations between modernism, modernity, and modernization.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 435 (IL) Cultures of Globalization (3) Cultural and literary effects of the process of globalization, with an emphasis on world literatures and transnationalism.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits of literature  

CMLIT 438 (IL) Fantastic Worlds: International and Comparative Perspectives (3) A comparative, international study of fantastic worlds in literature and visual culture.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 443 (US;IL) Transatlantic Literature (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Comparative literary and cultural relations across the Atlantic Ocean; may include Europe, Africa, the Americas, and/or the Caribbean.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 446 (IL) Postcolonial Literature and Culture (3) Postcolonial literature and theory in a comparative and international context.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the study of literature  

CMLIT 448 (IL) Literary Cultures of Buddhism (3) Comparative exploration of various Buddhist literary cultures, from the classical Indian subcontinent to modern movements like the Beats and dalit writing.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 449 (IL) Literary Cultures of Islam (3) Comparative discussion of the literary cultures of Islam from the seventh century to the present.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the study of literature  

CMLIT 453 (IL) (COMM 453) Narrative Theory: Film and Literature (3) Comparative study of the aesthetics and techniques of film and literature; close analyses of masters of each art form.
Effective: Fall 2006
Prerequisite: COMM 150 or 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 455 (IL) Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature (3) Concepts of ethics, justice, and rights, appearing in world literature and/or film.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the study of literature  

CMLIT 459 Topics in Theory (3) Selected topics in this history of theory and literary criticism within a global, comparative context.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 470 (IL) The Modern Novel (3) Major novels of Joyce, Proust, Kafka, Thomas Mann, Nabokov, and others; their contributions to the art of the novel.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 471 (IL) Poetry and Poetics (3) Theoretical and practical concepts in the comparative, global history of poetry and/or poetics.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 480 (IL) The International Folktale (3) Traditional tales from various parts of the world: their origin, characteristics, forms; their transmission as oral narrative and written literature.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or folklore  

CMLIT 486 (IL) Tragedy (3) Development of tragic drama and its relationship to social background and philosophical theory.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 487 (IL) Comedy (3) Development of comic drama and its relationship to social background and philosophical theory.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 488 (IL) (ENGL 488) Modern Continental Drama (3) From Ibsen to the drama of today: Strindberg, Chekhov, Hauptmann, Pirandello, Ionesco, Beckett, Genet, and others.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030  

CMLIT 489 (IL) Contemporary World Fiction (3) A survey of developments in contemporary world fiction in translation.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 490 (GAME 460) Video Game Lit Studies (3) A comparative look at the nature and history of video games as cultural artifacts, from Pond to online role-playing.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: GAME 160, GAME 140 or 3 credits in literature   Concurrent: GAME 160 or GAME 140 if desired

CMLIT 491 (IL) Literary Adaptation: International and Comparative Perspectives (3) A comparative, international study of adapations between literature and other media (film, theater, photography, music).
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or other fields relevant to this course  

CMLIT 494 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 494H Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

CMLIT 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 499 (IL) Foreign Study--Comparative Literature (3-6) Advanced courses offered on comparative literary topics as part of a foreign-study program.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: 18 credits or equivalent in the appropriate foreign language; 6 credits in literature or related field appropriate to this course  

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